Brazil - Real Retail Sales

Brazil: Real Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT$.IBRA
Unit Index 2014=100, SA
Adjustments Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 0.2 %
Data Sep 2021 149.1
Aug 2021 149.4

Series Information

Source Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)
Release Retail Sales Index
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/2000
End Date 9/30/2021

Brazil: Consumer

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Consumer Confidence Oct 2021 98.15 98.48 Index Long term avg=100, SA Monthly
Real Retail Sales Sep 2021 149.1 149.4 Index 2014=100, SA Monthly
Retail Sales Sep 2021 96.6 97.9 Vol. Index 2014=100, SA Monthly

Release Information

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reports monthly retail sales as nominal and volume revenue indices. The dataset also includes the retail sales index by activity (CNAE 2.0). Series are both seasonally adjusted (SA) and not seasonally adjusted (NSA). The SA series contain data at the state-level for Brazil. As of 2017, the index base year is 2014.

Retail sales index


  • Classification: CNAE 2.0, localization of UN ISIC Rev. 4
  • Measurements:
    • Percent change in volume, year-over-year (% Y/Y)
    • Fixed-base volume index relative to 2014
    • Fixed-base value index relative to 2014
  • Adjustment: Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start date: As early as 2001m1


  • 2011=100 - 2000m1 to 2016m12
  • 2003=100

Retail turnover


  • Classification: CNAE 2.0
  • Measurement: Thousands Brazilian reais (Ths. BRL)
  • Adjustment: Not applicable
  • Native frequency: Annual
  • Start date: Uniformly 2007


  • CNAE 1.0 - 1996 to 2007

Monthly indexes

The IBGE's Monthly Survey of Trade (PMC) is responsible for gathering trade data for Brazil and each of its 26 states. This monthly survey gathers retail trade values utilizing probabilistic sampling to create estimates. The following are the reported indicators:

  • Volume index of retail sales 
  • Index of nominal revenue of retail sales
  • Volume index of vehicles, motorcycles, breaks, and parts
  • Index of nominal revenue of vehicles, motorcycles, breaks, and parts sales
In addition to the general indexes, IBGE also reports indexes for 12 activities according to CNAE 2.0 classification (the localization of ISIC Rev. 4).

The survey sample is stratified and probabilistic registration by State and eleven activities, called natural strata. For each natural strata are created three strata: 

  1. Managerial (G) is the stratum consisting of companies that operate in more than one Unidade da Federação (UF).
  2. Certain (C) is the stratum composed of large companies, defined according to a statistical criterion variable in Gross Sale for UF x activity, acting on only one UF. sampled (A). Stratum is composed of firms that act not considered large in a single UF 
  3. Companies of managerial strata (L) or right (C ) were all included in the sample, while in each final stratum sampled (A) sample firms were selected using the technique of simple random sampling without replacement.

Annual levels

Source table:

Pesquisa Anual de Comércio, Tabela 1400 - Demonstrativo de receita das empresas comerciais por divisão de comércio, grupo e classe de atividade (CNAE 2.0) - Mil Reais

Annual Commerce Survey, Table 1400 - Income statement of commercial companies by trade division, group and activity class (CNAE 2.0) - Thousand Reais

The annual release contains revisions for the previous several years. The survey was expanded to the Salvador and Recife metro areas in 1997. 

Further reading

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